French Doors


Old 05-14-02, 10:42 AM
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We need to replace three sets of French doors in our home. As if that wasn't bad enough, now we realize that the builder of the home did not use standard size doors. The rough opening is 68 1/2" (w) by 80" (h).
We can special order these doors and pay about twice as much.
Does anyone have any ideas for other options?

Also, I had wanted to install glass patio doors in place of the one set of French doors. Can we do this now?
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Old 05-14-02, 10:52 AM
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You can re-frame the rough openings to use standard pre-hung French doors. That should be less expensive than custom ordering doors to fit the old openings.
Andersen makes French doors in different heights and sizes.
We have two Andersen 9' triple-wide pre-hung exterior French door sets. (We replaced two old non-Andersen sliding door sets.)
They have a patented triple dead-bolt (top, bottom and middle) that is controlled by a single door-handle level locking knob to seal the French door.
They're guaranteed not to leak in 60 mph wind loads, but are actually manufactured to withstand more than 100 mph.
Ours have been through several 100+ mph hurricanes and have never leaked a drop.
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